Hello July! Today is the start of the second half of the year and I thought this week was also a good time to assess + reflect on my goal progress for this year. Refresher : I set some goals for myself in January, applied numbers to them and created this little tracking chart above. You can read my initial post about what I wanted to do + why in 2015 here.
Overall, I'm very happy with what I've done so far this year. Though it doesn't look terribly productive on paper, June was full + good. I'm making (just not a lot of layouts), I'm reading (but not actual books), I'm learning (online thanks to Big Picture Classes) and I'm planning a much-anticipated trip to Portland later this month. We are in the thick of summer vacation and enjoying it, that's for sure.
What do I feel accomplished with? I got two books from the library, The Girl on the Train (which I liked, but didn't finish yet) and The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (which I loved and hope to incorporate around here in the fall when the kids are in school). Reading three more books by the end of the year is not going to be a problem. Here are the percentages :
- Reading : 7/10 or 70%
- Exploring : 2/4 or 50%
- Creating : 22/50 or 44%
- Learning : 1/2 or 50%
What did I struggle with? Too many projects + not enough time! Me time that is. Honestly, I was probably too ambitious with what I thought I could do these next couple months. I mentioned this briefly a couple weeks ago, but I think I was struggling with not having those two school days a week to work on my own stuff. Since then, I've adjusted my attitude and expectations, and really, I just want to enjoy the summer with my kids and learn to break up those pockets of paper play so mama doesn't get cranky. In the meantime, I'll try not to gripe about it too much. :)
As I read back at my post from January, I realized I haven't been formally keeping track of the blog posts I've written. When I look back at my archives page, I counted 56 posts total, so just over half my goal of 100. My journal writing has fallen by the wayside, which makes me sad, but it is what it is. I can't keep up on everything.
Moving forward in July : This month is going to look a lot like June, plus Portland! I'll most definitely be adding that to the 'Explore' list. My sister and I are taking this trip together and we thought it would be fun to read the same book (and have a mini non-fiction book club) during our off-time on the plane, etc., so we are both packing Scary Close into our carry-on's. Though it's not related to this goal tracker, I'm hoping to complete my Week in the Life pages by this weekend. My "reward" is to start prepping a Handbook for our trip, which I'm super excited to start but won't touch until my deadline is met.
Moving forward for the second half of the year : I imagine I'm going to have a big push to get some layouts done in the fall, as long as I don't fall into a funk or feel uninspired or unmotivated. That would be just my luck. I also need to think of what that second class might be. At the moment, archery and letterpress are at the top of my list. Couldn't be more different, huh? I'll have one more city to explore too, and I'll most likely head to Midtown and/or Corktown in Detroit.
I'm excited to incorporate my goals (these and other personal and household projects I have) in my Get To Work Book through the rest of the year. My hope is that my planner will hold everything in one place, which to me means balancing my "jobs" and having realistic expectations. I'm testing out a system for myself during July and August and if I think it's helpful, I may share how I've set up my GTWB in the coming months.
If you are keeping track of your goals this year, how are you doing? Any struggles or accomplishments you want to share? I'd love to hear!